Welcome, this place is great for technical knowledge. Every question I have come up with has gotten good answers/advice. Way good peeps. Thing is, this is not the most populated place. Don't get me wrong much love and appreciation for the guys/gals who are here!
I bought my bike in December and have been farkling the sh1t out it and will share some learnins I picked up.
I went with the rear rack/rotopax route. It covers a very real need on this bike for more travel time between fill-ups. Eventually I plan on the IMS 3.1 AND the rotopax for 2-300 mile range. I came from a V Strom 650 which is a great bike and now sits lonely in my garage :) but it could do almost 300 between fills.
I would recommend a rear shock spring upgrade pronto, but the bash plate is el numero uno! There are some pre-,ade and if you look homemade HDPE skid plates that will handle most abuse if your not a rock hopper. If you must have the metal plate you will want to cover it with some sound dampening material. I spent about $90 on my plate and another $15 trying to make it soundproof and its just friggen loud. I compounded that error with the FMF megabomb/Q4 combo. They are crazy loud together but the metal plate is the killer.
I also changed my handlebars, grips, levers and added handguards. The only musty is the handguards. I went cheap and already bent them, would recommend a name brand on that one. I added the Eastern Beaver 3 circuit solution. A great way to make use of the power this bike can put out. And put a 48 tooth sprocket on the rear. The sprocket is a no brainer. Pick up a 14t for the front and a 46-50 t for the rear and you will have all the torque you need. I also bought a 12t for the front but have read some horror stories of people eating through metal parts with the chain so I am hesitant to use it.
Tires, the stocks are great on road, passable on gravel and shite in the woods. I went with the IRC TR8 on the front and a Kenda Trakmaster II on the back. One trip and the Trackmaster is about half used, I expect to get a bout 1k (miles) from it. The front is wearing much nicer. They do ok on road, ok on gravel and rock the sand, dirt and mixed schiza we get here in Oregon. My next rtear will be a MT43 Pirelli, looks sweet but time will tell if I like it.
A small windscreen from the Aussie company "Screens for Bikes". Pretty sweet and really helps without looking like a giant bank tellers window.
I also put on a pair of Dirtbagz. Fantastic product. Minimal mounts, easy to use. Only drawback is they are not waterproof so I have a Kreiga 15 on top of the Rotopax for anything that cant get wet and use waterproof stuff bags in the DB's. Plus the whole setup is like $250.
I have an extra rear mount, Pro Moto Billet, that wont work with my configuration. If your interested it comes without mounting hardware but I could part it off for a significant savings if your interested. Hell, my bash plate will be up soon too when I get the plastic one.
Enough with the sales pitch though. Just wanted to let you know another noobs experience over the last couple months. Now that we have covered the hardware....
I have ridden this on single track in the Oregon coast range, on Mt Hood and out in the high desert with the Croioked River meetup a few weeks agao. I have never ridden single track before so I dont know how it compares to other bikes, but I had a freakin blast. Its not the most fun on the 200 miles of road, but its not terrible either. Switching out sprockets can really affect this. Hell, I had one of the ADV'ers fropm the Crooked River come up to me after about 50 miles of road going "Wow, that 250 can really move!" I just smiled and nodded
I have ZERO regrets about purchasing this bike. I will continue to add some suspension upgrades as time goes by but for this summer she is done and I will ride it like I stole it (or its heavily insured :)) I really like my V Strom but I have to admit I oretty quickly wanted it to be something else. I own it, I'll keep it but this WRR is just my go to for fun riding now.
I hope all this rambling helps you with your decisions, welcome to the forum.
- Fly man wrote:
- Thank you Mcdouble. And Congrats on 400 posts. This one gets me up to 2 lol. I have had dualsport bikes in the past. Currently have dedicated dirt and street bikes. Was hoping to add some lights etc to my dirt bike and be able to license it. Looked into it and rhe laws here in BC Canada are so strict i have a much better chance or winning a lottery or dating Taylor Swift than getting my bike plated. So i started looking around at currently available dualsports that meet my needs. The wr250r seems on reading to meet my wants best. All i really want is a very reliable and low maintenance bike. Good offroad manners for single track and gravel roads, and pipeline type riding. Has to be able to ford some somewhat deep water holes, or rutted up junk, and hop some logs or rocks. Does not need to do i t at race pace.....just do it slowly. Then still be happy to run around town doing errands or short highway jaunts ( say up to 200 kms or about 125 mile maximum....usually far less likely less than half that normally ) to get to places i want to explore. Sometimes I'll put on a backpack and carry my fly rod into remote places to fish. Maybe ride it to work on nice days. i do tend to explore far off the beaten path at times and will need to add range to its fuel supply likely through added carrying capacity via aftermarket gas cans as only need it sometimes. Maybe a rotopak on the rear.About me i am just over 6 foot tall and weigh 196 lbs before gear. Have been riding dirt for 26 years and street for 20 years. I raced a bit of motocross for about 9 years. I will im sure add stuff to the b8ke as time goes by like skid plate and handguards and crash bars etc.